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Codemasters Complaints

Reinventing the Wheel, the personal blog of programmer Semi Essessi, goes public with his dispute with his ex-employers at Codemasters, alleging unpaid overtime and an odd tale of Codemasters attempting to claw back what was said to be an overpayment in his final paycheck (thanks joao). Eurogamer has a response from the studio, who deny Essessi's allegation that they have pursued this through legal avenues, and the latest from Essessi is that "negotiations are ongoing" and according to Codemasters: "The company's advisers are now aware of the additional comments that Semi has published and these will be addressed with him directly through the appropriate channels as necessary."

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12. Re: Codemasters Complaints Jan 14, 2012, 06:56 Ray Marden
 
Unpaid overtime is illegal (for non-salary workers,) but it is quite common at businesses, particularly those in certain industries.

Typically, you will see it as a result of naive newer employees or as a result of hostile management. Just set unrealistic work goals, send out memos talking about you want a workforce that will get the job done, not just leave at the end of day, and then make it known that you are unhappy with people have overtime - this will happen every time. For lower income individuals, you can toss in threats of no longer having employment for the same results.
See "crunch" time. There is no valid reason for this to be routine.
Finding most companies have some level of this,
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